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National Mill Dog Rescue: Senior Pet Adoption Assistance Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We used the money to cover Salsa's adoption fee of $200 and the estimated cost of her heart medication, which is $190. Salsa and her bonded pal, Dudley, were adopted on Jan. 22, 2019. She had been with NMDR since 2014!

It helped our organization cover a portion of the cost of rescue and care for Salsa. Any time a gift or grant is received, it gives our mission a lift so that we can keep going back for more discarded mill dogs.

It also helped her adopter make a decision to take her home, knowing the cost of her medication would be covered and the adoption fee was waived. Every incentive helps move our precious dogs to happy homes.

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Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Salsa was a commercial breeding dog in a puppy mill for the first seven years of her life. Then, in 2014, the mill owner decided she was no more good to him. He was about to take her to one of Missouri’s notorious dog auctions when Theresa Strader of National Mill Dog Rescue stepped in to save her. Salsa is a timid Chihuahua who Theresa could see right away would not do well in a kennel setting, so she has been in a foster home for the past four-plus years. There, she bonded with Dudley, another senior foster Chi. (Here’s a video of Salsa.)

For inexplicable reasons, Salsa was one of the least viewed dogs on our and Petfinder’s websites. She was simply passed over in favor of other dogs. But when Angie Morrissey of Longmont, Colo., and her two children decided they wanted Dudley, they couldn’t bear to adopt him without Salsa, who was so dependent on him for her security.

Because Salsa was not their first choice, it really helped the family make the decision to take her when they learned there would be no adoption fee and the cost of her heart medication would be covered for the rest of her life!

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation, for helping Salsa find her forever home.

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